With the release of the 2009-2010 NBA schedule, hardcore basketball fans are searching up and down their favorite teams' schedules trying to determine which games are wins and which games are losses.
For Atlanta Hawk fans, there is much reason for hope in the upcoming season. After many years of being at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and outside of the playoff hunt, it would appear as if the Hawks have made a turn for the better in their franchise.
This slide show will present ten games that I feel will be difference makers for the Atlanta Hawks in this upcoming season. Of course, every game in an NBA Regular Season has significance, but these are games in which the Hawks will be tested and also games in which possible conference positions could be determined.
The Hawks Starting 5 will be able to contend with any other team in the NBA. Al Horford has come into his own. Josh Smith and Joe Johnson have developed into team leaders. Mike Bibby is back and adds veteran leadership to control the team. The bench got deeper with the additions of Jamal Crawford and drafting Jeff Teague from Wake Forest. The futures of Flip Murray and Marvin Williams with Atlanta remain undecided as they are still free agents. If Atlanta can bring both players back, they will be extremely deep and talented.